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Self help 2018 is bigger, bolder and faster than ever before. Gone are the days when clutching a copy of The Road Less Travelled was seen as something of a hippy-ish affectation. Now we’re all at it, taking back control of our mental health, careers, relationships and health in more empowering ways than ever before.
So what does self help 2018 look like? We’ve moved on from self help with rigid rules and now its all about gentle but effective inspiration. In an ever-changing and more challenging world, this year’s expert advice is all about giving less f**ks about what people think of us, learning how to make better choices and re-thinking our relationship with alcohol. Sound like progress? Read on for our round-up of the year’s best book-shaped advice…
Best self help 2018 for those obsessed with ‘likes’
The Courage To Be Disliked: How To Free Yourself, Change Your
Life And Achieve Real Happiness
by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga (£10.99, Atlantic)
Analysing what it is inside you that craves validation from others, and freeing yourself from it. This thoughtful book recalls a series of illuminating conversations between a philosopher and his reluctant protégé. It is almost spookily relevant in this age of digital one upmanship and increasing anxiety. A real game-changer.
Best self help 2018 for the indecisive
The Shed Method:
Making Better Choices When It Matters
by Sara Milne Rowe (£14.99, Penguin)
Packed with practical advice on how to make better life decisions despite the seemingly infinite options available to us. Backed up by years of experience as a leading performance coach, the author details a groundbreaking series of practices, personal routines and rituals that are easily transferable to busy lives and will help you be the best version of you.
Best self help 2018 for the sober curious
Joy Of Being Sober
by Catherine Gray (£8.99, Aster)
This is the year when ‘mindful drinking’ is expected to go mainstream and this beautifully written, unpreachy and humorous memoir from a young woman who’s fearlessly facing down alcoholism is perfect for inspiring a healthier attitude to booze, all year round. This book is full of practical advice on everything from health to sober sex and peer pressure, and it is as relevant to those who don’t think they have a booze problem as those who suspect they do. A revelation.
Best self help 2018 for the time-poor
Self-Care For The Real World
by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips (£16.99, Hutchinson)
When we’re all so #busy, its worth remembering that setting aside me-time is vital for our mental and physical health, and this book is full of lessons in how to be kinder to yourself. With testimonials from everyone from Kate Moss to Sam Taylor-Johnson, expect breathing techniques, recipes and exercises alongside wise words on learning to love what you already have.